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Joachim Rieck
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John 4: 1-26 : TRUE AND FALSE WORSHIP preached at Monte Christo Baptist Church on 21/05/2017.
Jesus, tired and thirsty from a long journey meets a Samaritan woman at a well and starts an unusual and a remarkable conversation. It was unusual in that Jews and Samaritans were not on speaking terms. It is unusual because this woman is a prostitute. She has slept with many men, and Jesus points out that the man that she is with at the moment is not her husband. But as Jesus asks for water from this Samaritan woman we find here an amazing conversation developing on the nature of true and false worship.

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The fact remains that the church in Namibia is simply not truly getting under the skin of our people. At present, too many pastors have no true sense of “calling” into ministry. It has become a mere job. The emphasis consequently has shifted to managerial technique, pragmatic strategies, technological expertise, and many other pragmatic methodologies for building churches. The necessity of pastoring and loving people deeply and passionately even at great personal cost has been lost and resultantly many contemporary church members feel used rather than cared for.

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SUNDAY SERMON ( 07/05/ 2017)( PREACHED AT KRAAIFONTEIN BAPTIST CHURCH , CAPE TOWN...." And so, when you ask, what is heaven like, we have here a remarkable description of what heaven is like. Jesus calls it “the Father’s house”! Heaven is compared to a home!"

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This writing follows my previous blog , entitled "Where have all the Pastors gone?"
Pastoral leadership in the church is a God given thing. It is vital, and when churches are leaderless they generally do not do well. Churches must choose well, pray well and provide well in this matter. This, on a biblical-practical level will lead to their pastors staying and persevering considerably longer.

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The good office of the pastor, and the credibility of pastors have fallen on hard times in the church of Jesus in Namibia. The once respected office of the pastor has reached a low point.

What gives me the right to say this?

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SUNDAY SERMON @ EASTSIDE 09/04/2017 : In every promise made to Abram, God tests him. We need to grasp the significance of this. The God who calls us into His loving covenant tests our faith through many trials. Jesus said that we must enter the kingdom of God through many sufferings. Our trials are not designed to make us fail, but to purify us and to show us that, in the end, we stand by grace alone and not by our own goodness and efforts. We learn that it is not our ability to successfully pass every trial that makes us acceptable to God. Rather, we learn that the gracious hand of God continues to lead us, enabling us to persevere with Him through the many complexities of life, despite our many our failures.

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On Tuesday the 27th March 2017 just about every major newspaper in Namibia carried the statement of the minister of Health and Social Services, Mr Bernard Haufiku. The largest daily newspaper “The Namibian“ reported as follows in its opening paragraph:
“HEALTH minister Bernard Haufiku has called for the revision of the law criminalising abortion in the country after an unprecedented 7 335 illegal cases were recorded at state facilities last year alone. Here is our response

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SUNDAY SERMON @ EASTSIDE : 02/04/2017 Our story is that of a very unequal contest. But Herod did not think so! This is the story of the human beings created in the image of God, but corrupted by the fall, who have gone in search of many schemes [Eccl. 7:29]. Our biggest self- deception is that we can be stronger or smarter than God. The ability of man to think that he can be the master of his destiny and that he can think that he is invincible before his Creator is addressed in this text.

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SUNDAY SERMON @ EASTISIDE 26/03/2017 : This section begins with a divine calling. God called a man named Abram, a pagan man living in a pagan culture, a man who wasn’t looking for YAHWEH, the true God of the Universe. But God was looking for Abram, and He calls him, and this becomes the pattern of God’s dealings with His chosen people. All God’s children are sought out by God, chosen by God, and born of God. [John 1:12,13] No one decides to be born. No one gives birth to themselves. And so it is with the spiritual birth. God always initiates the process. He calls His people with an irresistible call, and they respond. This was true of all the famous leaders of the Bible, and if you are a true believer , this is also true of you!

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SUNDAY EVENING SERMON @ EASTSIDE (21/03/2017) We are living in spiritually challenging times. And we are living in times of drought and economic depression. And the temptation is to draw the conclusion that the church can never flourish in this kind of society, as it would under more ideal circumstances. But nothing could be further from the truth, because it's in this pagan society that the Christian church in Antioch flourished, so much so that the pagan's of Antioch saw them as a distinct people: These were Christians. These were true followers of Jesus Christ.
Brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus, lift up your heads! In such challenging times the true church of our Lord Jesus Christ becomes more relevant, not less relevant. Be encouraged what God will and can do to a church so committed to Jesus, as was the church at Antioch.
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